Plants have always traversed seas, intentionally and inadvertently.
In Shipping Roots, Keg de Souza draws on RBGE’s collections to tell tales of eucalyptus, prickly pear and ‘alien’ seeds, tracing legacies through the British Empire and specifically linking Australia, India and the UK. These stories relate to the artist’s own cultural removal, drawn from her lived experiences as a person of Goan heritage whose ancestral lands were colonised, to living as a settler on unceded Gadigal land in Sydney.
Shipping Roots is supported by the Outset Transformative Grant; the Australian Government and the British Council as part of the UK/Australia Season; the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; the NSW Government through Create NSW; and a City of Parramatta Council Community Grant.
Shipping Roots is part of Edinburgh Science Festival and Edinburgh Art Festival 2023.
24 March - 27 August 2023
Open daily, 10.30am - 5.15pm. Free entry.
Venue: Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Tours and talks
Enjoy short, informative talks by a member of the Creative Programmes team, as they shine a light on an aspect of Shipping Roots.
Every Sunday, 10.45am - 11am | Free | Drop-in
Behind the Scenes Tours
Meet a different member of the team each month to gain a special insight into the exhibition and discover more about the collections, science and horticulture that informed its themes.
Wednesday 16 August, 1pm
Wednesday 23 August, 1pm
Free | Book Behind the Scenes Tours
One of our volunteers shines a light on their favourite aspect of this exhibition.
Thursday 9 August, 2.30pm
Thursday 17 August, 2.30pm
Sunday 20 August, 1.30pm
Thursday 24 August, 2.30pm
Sunday 27 August, 1.30pm
Free | Book Spotlight Tours
BSL Tour – Sunday 13 August, 2pm
Descriptive Tour & Workshop – Wednesday 23 August, 10am
Monthly Instagram Live Tours
Join Dr Max Coleman for an exhibition tour streamed live on Instagram | Free | Follow us on Instagram to watch
Wednesday 16 August, 6pm
Thursday 17 August, 9am